UC Berkeley hasn’t made the announcement yet, but the head of Washington and Lee’s journalism and mass communication department has told colleagues that Ed Wasserman is the new dean of Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Here is Pam Luecke‘s email:
I write with bad news and good news. The bad news is that Ed Wasserman plans to leave W&L at the end of fall term. The good news is his reason for doing so: He will become the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California-Berkeley, one of the best public universities in the country.
Ed’s decision to accept the position is contingent on his receiving tenure, which is highly likely. Berkeley plans to announce his appointment as the Dean-designate this week, so I wanted to give you a heads up.
Ed has been the Knight Chair in Journalism Ethics since 2003 and has done much to heighten our program¹s profile nationally and internationally and to prepare our students to work ethically in whatever field they.
I will miss many things about Ed, including his big thoughts about journalism and journalism education; his dedication to journalism about the poor and underserved; his introductions of big-name ethics speakers; and his recommendations for disturbing movies to order from Netflix.
We’ll have time to figure out when and how to fill Ed’s position and to send him off properly. In the meantime, please send him your congratulations.
Wasserman joined Washington and Lee in 2003 after working for news outlets in Florida, New York, Maryland, and Wyoming. He made headlines in 2009 when he invited Jayson Blair to be the keynote speaker at a media ethics conference.